How to use
past tense and past participle
linking verb, transitive
to experience a particular physical feeling or emotion
Do you still feel hungry?
You can never tell what he's feeling.
Stop exercising if you feel any pain.
feel fine/good/comfortable etc
I'm feeling a little better today.
Marie immediately felt guilty.
feel as if/as though
When his dad left, he felt as though his world had turned upside-down.
I'd really achieved something.
transitive not in progressive
to notice something that is happening to you, especially something that is touching you
She felt his warm breath on her cheek.
The earthquake was felt as far south as San Diego.
feel somebody/something do something
She felt his arms go round her.
feel yourself doing something
I felt myself blushing.
feel smooth/dry etc
to give you a particular physical feeling, especially when you touch or hold something
feel smooth/cold/damp etc
Her hands felt rough.
The house felt hot and stuffy.
feel as if/as though
My leg feels as if it's broken.
It's nice fabric - it
feel good/strange/exciting etc
if a situation, event etc feels good, strange etc, that is the emotion or feeling that it gives you
After twenty years, seeing him again felt very strange.
feel ... to be/do something
wonderful to be wearing clean clothes again.
to be 40?
It's been a year since her daughter died, but to her,
have an opinion
transitive not usually in progressive
to have a particular opinion, especially one that is based on your feelings, not on facts
Some of the parents felt the school wasn't doing enough about bullying.
How would you feel about working with Nicole for a while?
The experience of rape can change how a woman feels about her body.
think that something is definitely true
She felt sure she'd made the right decision.
feel like (doing) something
to want to have something or do something
He didn't feel like going to work.
Do you feel like another drink?
to touch something with your fingers to find out about it
She felt his forehead. Perhaps he had a temperature.
Mum, feel this stone. Isn't it smooth?
feel how hard/soft/rough etc something is
He could feel how damp his shirt was against his chest.
feel around/on/in etc something (for something)
to search for something with your fingers
She felt in her bag for a pencil.
feel the force/effects/benefits etc of something
to experience the good or bad results of something
The local economy is beginning to feel the effects of the recession.
feel the need to do something
to believe that you need to do something
Children who can talk to their parents feel less need to try drugs.
feel your way
to move carefully, with your hands out in front of you, because you cannot see properly
Silently, she felt her way across the room.
to do things slowly and carefully, because you are not completely sure about a new situation
feel your way towards
The European Union is still feeling its way towards common policies.
used to tell someone that they can do something if they want to
'Could I use your phone for a minute?' 'Feel free.'
feel free to do something
Please feel free to make suggestions.
I know (just/exactly) how you feel
used to express sympathy with someone or with a remark they have just made
I know how you feel, Mark, but maybe it's better not to confront him.
not feel yourself
to not feel as healthy or happy as usual
I don't know what's wrong. I just don't feel quite myself.
feel your age
to realize that you are not as young or active as you used to be
Looking at his grandson made him really feel his age.
feel the cold/heat
to suffer because of cold or hot weather
Old people tend to feel the cold more.
feel a death/a loss etc
to react very strongly to a bad event, especially someone's death
Susan felt her grandmother's death more than the others.
feel for somebody
to feel sympathy for someone
At the Center, the other mothers know what it's like, and they really feel for you.
feel somebody ↔
to find out what someone's opinions or feelings are, without asking them directly
I thought I'd feel out some of my colleagues before the meeting.
feel somebody ↔
to touch someone sexually, without their permission
feel up to something
to have the strength, energy etc to do something
I just didn't feel up to going.
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